Death Race pits the player against an intelligent acting, evasive,
running Gremlin. Unlike most "player versus machine" games, the "machine"
in this case does not simply repeat an action or sequence, but actually
"sees", "thinks", and "acts" as intelligently (and even more rapidly) than
would another player. The result of this is that each game is a new and
The object of the game is simple. Hit a Gremlin and you win a point. There
are two Gremlins running around the playing field in a random fashion.
They are intelligent robots in every sense and will avoid all objects so
long as they can see a way to escape. You drive one of two cars which are
completely under your control. You can steer them anywhere in any
direction within the playing field; move forward in low or high gear; and
move in reverse when necessary. You can drive as fast, but no faster than
the Gremlins can run.
When you hit a Gremlin, a tombstone (cross) will appear and
remain in that same spot until the game is over and a new game begun.
Whenever you hit a Gremlin on the playing field, the cross will remain.
Thus, each game creates its own totally random and different maze of
crosses that each player must steer through while chasing the Gremlins.
The more hits, the more crosses; the more crosses, the harder the steering
becomes. Thus, it becomes increasingly difficult to maneuver as your skill
Death Race is a game for 1 or 2
players, and was programmed by Ivan Machado
- his first Odyssey2 game! Ivan also recreated the original artwork
that was done by Pat Peak for the Exidy coin-op version. Scott Stilphen handled the production of carts and Tim Duarte handled production of the manuals and boxes. All three gentlemen worked together on the manual.
A limited run of 100 boxed copies of DEATH RACE
were produced that are compatible with NTSC systems.
Each game includes a professional-styled
manual. These 100 boxed copies quickly sold out.
We are happy to release the
"unlimited edition" of DEATH RACE. It does not have a serial number
and no box is included -- it is just the
game cartridge and the color manual.